byasardell02-21-201710:53 AM - edited 02-26-201705:20 PM
Last week I talked about some convergence trends in the service provider space, particularly for IXP's, collocation facilities, and cloud exchanges. If you're in this space, you know what it is to deal with huge traffic growth and demanding customers that want high bandwidth and always-on connectivity with access to advanced cloud services.
Interface scale is paramount. SLX 9850 is unsurpassed here, with a modular chassis architecture and a 1.5RU interface module. This platform has inbuilt visibility along with other future proofing capabilities that include advanced thermal, cooling and power as discussed in this video. It's suitable for spine and super spine locations, along with border leaf and WAN edge.
Of course, a chassis architecture may not be suitable for top of rack (TOR) or smaller locations, and a fixed platform is the way to go. Accordingly, the SLX 9540 fits the bill.
Both platforms support multiple architectures (Table 1).
Table 1: Elements of Brocade's Adaptable Infrastructure
Lower cost/bit to handle rapid, unpredictable traffic growth (SLX 9850 and new SLX9540)
Either VPLS or BGP-EVPN, when supplied with appropriate density, agility and visibility, is geared to hyperscale to increase service innovation according to evolving market needs. We'll talk more about these architectures in a future posting.
Visibility is of course more relevant in collocation and cloud exchange than in IX peering. We’ve recently blogged about how inbuilt visibility options (Table 2) are used in concert with automation to quickly debug a slow-performing application within your cloud hosting environment.
Table 2: Elements of Brocade's Pervasive Visibility
Drill into specific service or application traffic to identify abnormalities, even deeper into the packet. Example: VXLAN
We've also recently illustrated the use of these tools with examples, highlighting the relationships between streaming, visibility services and the Insight architecture for debugging a distributed application and a container application.
Our automation solutions (Table 3) are tightly integrated with our platforms, and one of our three automation suites is geared specifically to IXP applications, as shown in this example of adding a new customer.
Table 3: Elements of Brocade's Intelligent Automation
Balance flows and secure traffic against DDoS attacks
Of course, the other automation suites are also relevant in service provider data centers. Network Essentials, for instance, automates configuration and validation of VLAN and ACL provisioning to scale with cloud growth and tenant capacity. And Data Center Fabrics can be used to validate BGP settings and state, BGP neighbors, BGP EVPN peering, and switch reachability.
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